Katie Couric

Here’s a fyi, it’s quite rude to ask a transgender woman about their genitalia. Apparently no one told Katie Couric this, but model Carmen Carrera and actress Lavern Cox didn’t have any problems educating Couric.

Carrera and Cox were recent guests on Couric’s talk show and the conversation went from discussing their careers to Couric basically asking what’s under their dresses.

From Autostraddle:

Things started to seem a little odd when the viewers kept being reminded about Carrera’s transition by being shown pictures of her in bandages and mentions of her transition at every chance. Later when Couric introduced Carrera, she said that “she was born a man and that’s why she’s on our show,” making it very clear that she’s only interesting because of her transition…However, the real trouble started when Couric started to ask Ms. Carrera if transitioning was painful because of all the surgery that she had to go through. Carmen looked a little confused and responded by talking a little about her nose job and breast augmentation and that’s when Katie pounced. She immediately asked if Carmen’s “private parts” are “different now.”

Carmen Carrera responded perfectly. First she literally shushed Katie Couric, trying to get her to stop asking such a private thing. Then she told her “I don’t want to talk about it, it’s really personal” and she told Katie that there’s a lot more to get than her genitals. She said, “after the transition there’s still life to live, I still have my career goals, I still have my family goals.”

Couric then segued into Cox’s segment and discussed her role on “Orange Is The New Black”, but quickly tried to turn the conversation back to genitalia.  But also the consummate professional, Cox handled the topic with ease. “That preoccupation…objectifies trans people and then we don’t get to deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people lives is that so often we’re targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community and our unemployment rate is twice the national average…When we focus on transition, we don’t get to talk about those things.”


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  • pyteena

    In response to omfg, females have xx chromosomes and males have xy chromosomes. The terms “men” and “women” are social constructs that have little if anything to do with biology. Nothing in biology says that boys wear blue and girls wear pink, but these colors are thrust on boys and girls the minute the exit the womb. People have the right to define themselves, for themselves, and that has nothing to do with biology.

    • Allie

      Exactly, but people ain’t trying to hear all that though.

  • Child, Please

    Videos for some reason aren’t playing well on my laptop (a key sign I need a new one), so I’m wondering if a) they knew they were going to be on the show discuss being transgender (which would include the surgeries, etc.) and b) if Oprah caught this much flack when she’s practically done the same thing. No, I’m not “caping” for Katie, but I wonder if it was how she asked as opposed to what was asked. Sometimes word choice and tone make a difference.

  • Bisah

    she tooold her!

  • Evonne

    I have a real problem with this “questions you dont ask a transgender person. FYI we as trans folks are the teachers so if we are going to put our selves in the public eye as trans we need to be the teachers. I will answer any question about my transition and surgery.

  • Menagainstwomen

    Poor Katie she’s being bullied by 2 men.